Flanagan MacKenzie: The Body's Partner in Healing

Portrait photo of Flanagan MacKenzie, bodyworker

I'm Flanagan MacKenzie, and I practice in San Luis Obispo, California. I specialize in head, neck and shoulder relief.

I practice craniosacral therapy, ortho-bionomy, and teach TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises).

Many of the words used by these simple light-touch modalities can be overwhelming to those who just want relief. No matter how many syllables are used to describe the body part or protocol, all of the actions are light, simple and easy for the body to understand.

I follow the body's lead. The body shows what it needs by what it does. Speaking to the body in a language it understands melts its resistance to change, and allows it to decide on a better balance of all of its systems.

The light touch supports the body so it doesn't need to resist. The process caters to the body which helps it to let go and move more fluidly with less or no pain.

The head is a part of the body. Many of us, thinking of the mind/body connection accidentally separate ourselves at the neck. The body goes all the way up, and tissues can be restricted anywhere in the body. Many causes of headaches are somewhere else in the body, it is more likely to find the source of pain somewhere other than the site of pain.

Many times after balance is achieved the habit of decades of favoring one part of the body over another begins to pull the body back into its old pattern. Working with the client and her awareness of her movements, changes become permanent as the client learns a new way of moving in her new balanced body.


"I've tried a lot of massage therapists and it didn't work for me. They were always trying to fix me. Flanagan was the first one who just let me be. It made a huge difference." M Crandall, Nipomo, CA

CranioSacral Therapy is a light-touch alternative which provides the body help in self-healing. It focuses on the central nervous system, and its ability to communicate clearly to all other systems of the body.

Ortho-Bionomy uses the same light touch, the same theory to support the body as it decides what it wants or needs to resolve the pain, injury, stiffness or stress. These two modalities work seamlessly together, and share the same theoretical foundation: The body heals itself if you can provide what it needs to complete the change and regeneration.

We move in the direction the body chooses, rather than looking at a chart to see what the body is supposed to do. When the body feels heard, profound changes can occur.


"I had heard about receiving bodywork and then being out of pain, but it was amazing to experience it." RS, Grover Beach, CA

TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises)is self-care that allows the client to get to know her body better and release many restrictions and old holding patterns herself. Coupled with light touch therapy it helps anyone become healthier, more balanced and open to life.


"Flanagan is one of the most gifted and intuitive practitioners I have ever come across. Each session I have done has been powerfully transformative, releasing deeply held trauma that I wasn't able to reach with other kinds of work I had done in the past. She has done amazing work with my children and my husband....and for many of the friends I have sent to her. She has especially helped a dear friend of mine who is in the middle of a difficult physical and emotional crisis. She is a tremendous resource for our community and I am so grateful she is here sharing her gifts with us." S. Coddington, Avila Beach, CA